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Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast

4
Servings Made

20m
Cook Time

Courtesy of American Diabetes Association

This chicken dish takes just 8 minutes of prep time, 20 minutes in the oven, and voila! The result is actually impressive enough to serve for a special occasion but comforting enough to pair with your comfy clothes. You’ll enjoy the homestyle crunchiness from the pecans along with a hint of natural sweetness and spiciness. Serve it with a harvest salad and sweet potato fries.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 4 (6-oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Prep a large rimmed baking sheet. For easier cleanup and less sticking, line with parchment paper (optional).
  2. Place the pecans in a food processor. Pulse until they look like breadcrumbs. Transfer to a rimmed plate.
  3. Place the chicken on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir together the applesauce and mustard. Spoon the applesauce-mustard mixture on top of each breast, spreading it evenly with the back of the spoon. Firmly press the applesauce-mustard side of each chicken breast into the pecans. Place the chicken back on the baking sheet, pecan-crusted side up. Sprinkle any remaining pecans on the chicken; press to adhere. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F. Divide among four dinner plates and serve.

Nutrition per serving (4)

Nutrients

Amount

Calories

300

Fat

15g

Saturated Fat

2g

Sodium

270mg

Cholesterol

95mg

Fiber

2g

Protein

37g

Carbohydrates

3g

MyPlate Food Groups

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